march, 2020

202011mar12:30 pm2:00 pmFaculty Workshop: Atiqa Hachimi—'The war on translation': Arabic and the global Islamophobia network12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Institute of Islamic Studies, 170 St. George Street, Jackman Humanities Bldg, Suite 530, Seminar Room, Toronto Event Organized By: Institute of Islamic Studies


Event Details

This talk draws attention to the central role of translation in the global Islamophobia industry and highly mediatized “war on terror”. Specifically, it examines the role of those closely linked to the Israeli military in the production and dissemination of Islamophobic translations by focusing on the case of Ayman Elkasrawy who was fired from Ryerson University after complaints about his supposedly anti-Semitic prayers in his capacity as a junior Imam. Building on Baker’s (2008) narrative approach to translation, and foregrounding an indexical and performative view of language, the talk makes visible the subtle processes of recontexualizing and re-framing of the source text (Arabic prayers) showing how they have succeeded in setting up an interpretive context that aligns neatly with the well-rehearsed narrative of “Us” versus “the inherently violent Muslims and Arabs.”. The talk highlights the backlash and intimidation tactics that have followed the Toronto Star’s publication of Elkasrawy’s story that sought the expertise of Arabic scholars who challenged the initial translation, and argues that, far from being an isolated case, Islamophobic translations have become a moniker for shoring up support for the Israeli settler colonial project.


(Wednesday) 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


Institute of Islamic Studies

170 St. George Street, Jackman Humanities Bldg, Suite 530, Seminar Room, Toronto




Institute of Islamic Studies